Euronews reported that Roger Waters, the co-founder of musical rock n’ roll group Pink Floyd, said the group’s cult album “The Wall” is more relevant now given Donald Trump’s US presidency than ever before.
Waters, 73, made the comment during a rare public appearance in London to promote “Pink Floyd, Their Mortal Remains”, an exhibition which will feature memorabilia and archived footage of the band as it celebrates its 50-year career.
Waters, who was joined by drummer Nick Mason, said he was prepared to consider performing the album in concert along the US-Mexico border, where US President Trump has vowed to build a wall in an effort to fight illegal immigration and protect the United States’ sovereignty.
“But before this can happen, there will first need to be an awakening against these far-right policies,” Waters said to AFP. “The sewers are engorged by greedy and powerful men as I speak to you.”
This was not the first time Waters has taken a swipe at the US President.
In Mexico City in October, during a concert performance on Zocalo Square, Pink Floyd displayed images of the then-Republican presidential candidate with “Charade” written across the front. They appeared during a performance of the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones). Subsequent images of Trump appeared with “Joker” emblazoned on huge screens. In one image Trump appears to be doing a Nazi salute.
Finnish metallers, BATTLEBEAST, are set to release their 4th studio album, “Bringer Of Pain”, on February 17th through Nuclear Blast Records. I recently had an interview with Noora Louhimo, to speak about their forthcoming album, tour and more news from the band. Several excerpts of this interview can be read below:
To start the chat, I asked Noora how she is feeling about this album:
“Very relieved because we got it done in time and it turned out pretty good, so we are very happy. We hope that everybody is gonna like it, or most of the people are gonna like it, so that we can continue doing this as a job.”
The music style of the band in “Bringer Of Pain” seems to be changed, it sounds more like a pop/rock/metal album than a heavy/power metal one. So I asked her if it was because of the change in the line up, she stated:
“I don’t know about that, but in Battle Beast it has always been that we have various kinds of songs and when Anton was aboard, he did ‘Touch In The Night’ and that wasn’t such a heavy metal song.
In Battle Beast, the thing is to do different kinds of music and not to get stuck in some certain kind of heavy metal style.”
I was interested to know about her personal influences as a vocalist as indeed it is her voice and style of singing that makes this album sounds more like metal music;
“I have a lot of different influences – my first idol was Whitney Houston. For example, Janis Joplin was the reason I found the rasp in my voice and Bruce Dickinson is the reason I wanna do best as a performer on stage. And Ronnie James Dio, his way of interpreting songs is a very good example for me.”
We continued to talk about this album and I asked Noora who is really the bringer of pain?
“Bringer Of Pain is actually a character in the song. I actually created a new fantasy world called Glow It was the easiest song that was born, that is the best situation for songwriting. The character is a female kind of warlord and heiress of the kingdom of the …. and her story will definitely continue on the next album.”
Today, almost everybody is talking about Donald Trump, his comments, decisions …etc. So before finishing this interview I asked Noora‘s opinion about him, her answer as you can read below made me think and become worried, if these new policies of the U.S.A government are going to affect the work of artists around the world who think different;
“Well actually, what I’ve decided, I can’t comment because that can affect the band in a negative way, so I can’t comment about politics or whatever. I’m a very open person and I hope that people are treated equally, no matter the gender or the religion or your skin colour and that is my point of view.”
As the final question, I asked Noora if she has ever felt any discrimination during her career as a female vocalist,
“No, I’ve always been taken very well and people have been very respectful and people have liked that I’m a female singer in a heavy metal band.”
You can listen to the whole of this interview on the audio player below:
“Gods Of Violence”, the brand new album by German thrash titans KREATOR has entered the official German album charts on position #1!
Commented singer, guitarist and main songwriter Mille Petrozza: “Wow! Number one in Germany, what a great day in the history of KREATOR. Words can not describe how we feel about this, so we just want to say thanks to all the fans, who have made this possible. See you on the »Gods Of Violence« tour!”
The band also released the fourth track by track video trailer, which can be seen below:
KREATOR are currently touring through Europe in support of “Gods Of Violence” The band is being supported by label mates SEPULTURA and SOILWORK. See all dates below.
The band recently released the official music video for the song ‘Fallen Brother’. The song features Swiss singer/songwriter Dagobert and pays respect to fallen music icons such as Lemmy, Peter Steele, Prince, David Bowie, Michael Trengert, Bon Scott among others.
NILE‘s main man Karl Sanders has received certificate of Dragon Sen-I Jutsu Black Belt Instructor Grade 3 from the Grand Master, Shihan Denny Shaffer. Dragon Sen-I Jutsu is a mixed material arts form which means dragon spirit fighting and situational street combat.
“I am humbled , Honored and Grateful. Sincere thanks to Everyone who has helped me along this Most Challenging Path.”
Greek melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND are releasing their much anticipated 8th studio album, ”Immortals”, today via their longtime label Century Media Records.
“Immortals” marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G. Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there is also a limited edition Mediabook CD with expanded booklet, 3 stickers and the bonus track “Vision Of Tomorrow” (5:07).
FIREWIND – “Immortals” (44:38) / Tracklisting:
1. Hands Of Time (04:49)
2. We Defy (03:52)
3. Ode To Leonidas (05:59)
4. Back On The Throne (04:03)
5. Live And Die By The Sword (06:12)
6. Wars Of Ages (04:05)
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows (04:42)
8. Immortals (01:57)
9. Warriors And Saints (04:08)
10. Rise From The Ashes (04:30)
In related news, FIREWIND’s Gus G. is currently attending the NAMM convention in California to launch the release of his new Jackson signature guitar.
Also coming out today, FIREWIND’s albums number three, “Forged By Fire” (2005), and four, “Allegiance” (2006), are now available for a first time ever on LP format. Both records come on 180 gr. vinyl and include the full album on CD as bonus.
See FIREWIND returning to the road in support of “Immortals” on the following dates:
FIREWIND – Europe & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun Presented in Germany & Austria by Rock Hard and metal.de 15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) – Audio 16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) – Academy 3 17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) – Corporation 18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) – Slade Rooms 19.02.2017 London (UK) – Underworld 21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) – Engine Rooms 22.02.2017 Paris (France) – Backstage by the Millsw 24.02.2017 Wetzikon (Switzerland) – Hall Of Fame 25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) – Szene 26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) – A38 27.02.2017 München (Germany) – Feierwerk 28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal 01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) – Rockpalast 02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017: 02.06.2017 Pilsen (Czech Republic) – Metalfest Open Air 16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) – Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) – Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) – Leyendas del Rock 08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) – Olensfest
GUS G – Live 2016/2017: 20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) – The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman) 22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) – Club Quattro 23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) – Club Quattro 25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) – Vhall
The release of a new album by legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, was a good reason to have a chat with the band’s frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth to speak about “The Grinding Wheel” plus more news from the band. Several excerpts of this interview can be read below:
It’s always cool to start the chat about “Chaly” if you are talking with an OVERKILL member or a die hard fan. So after asking how Chaly was today, we started to have a chat about the idea: “When Overkill started we were obviously a cover band, playing stuff we like – everything from Motorhead to NWOBHM to some punk rock. And one of the newcomers on the scene back then that was making the biggest splash, was Iron Maiden and they had Eddie.
We were an unsigned cover band, we said that ‘they have Eddie, we need something like Eddie’. I remember D.D. drawing on a cocktail napkin, it looked like Popeye’s head with two wings on it. It was an awful rendition that actually made it to a few tshirts at the beginning, then we finally had an artist do it… Eddie came first, so I would think Eddie would be the father.”
If “The Grinding Wheel” is not their best album then it is definitely one of the band’s top three. It is one of those albums which I am not getting tired of listening to. OVERKILL‘s thrash style of music mixed with some elements of old school heavy metal, made this album stunning! So I asked Bobby where this came from?
“I think the idea first and foremost that should be understood is that Overkill never forget where we come from. Just even having that talk of Chaly versus Eddie, we understand that we came from a certain era and that era was a combination of things. That era was rock ‘n’ roll, NWOBHM, traditional heavy metal and punk rock. And it became other things over the years – it became groove, it became hardcore, so all these elements were added to it. And I think that what we do, we use the elements where we come from, knowing what we want and putting it through a kind of Overkill machine. So then at the end of the experience or process, it comes out with the Overkill brand.
At the end of the day when the mix is done, it says Overkill and I think that’s always our goal, to put our stamp on our performances.”
OVERKILL is mentioned as the Mötorhead of thrash metal, I agree with that. I asked Bobby how he feels about that and also what influences Mötorhead had on their band?
“You can just look at the name of the band and say that we were influenced greatly by Motorhead. This was a band that we were actually covering, when Chaly started taking shape for us in the early days.
So Motorhead has been there for us as an influence or a love from the beginning. And I can probably say to this day that I’m still a Motorheadbanger. It’s what it was all about for us with one of our favourite bands. So I think that the influence is the rock ‘n’ roll influence that Overkill has, I think thrash is heavy metal with energy, but rock ‘n’ roll is not far away from it. I think it’s one of the characteristics that we’ve carried for many years.”
I changed the subject and brought “The Big Four” into our conversation, asking Bobby how he feels about his band not being classed as one of them and what were the facts behind the forming of The Big Four?
“Who? (laughs) I’m sorry I just like doing that. That’s my answer! First and foremost I think it’s necessary to be concerned with your own house as opposed to what other people do. I think for sure they’re a great complement to the metal community and it shows the power of being able to play the size of venues that they do. They reinvented music on a heavy level by showing that a band out of San Francisco could make this happen at this large scale.
When you talk numbers, numbers make the world go around, numbers put food on your table and numbers put the Big 4 in arenas. For me, it’s not a concern. To even be asked the question from you is quite a compliment, but this is quite simply an accounting issue. He who sells the most gets to be in the Big 4.”
I asked “Blitz” about his favourite singles and albums but he preferred to speak about his favourite singers:
“These are guys that I like for different reasons. I was always a huge fan of Freddie Mercury and probably that record would be Sheer Heart Attack. I think he is the full package with regard to presentation, songwriting and singing talent.
Other singers, let me see, Iggy Pop – but that’s more of a pop approach to things.
I was a big fan of Dee Snider, the reason is that I always thought he did more with less.
Rob Halford – to this day, this many years into it, I have a note that I use, a real high pitched scream. I always think when I’m doing it, if only I could do it as clear as Halford. To some degree he still inspires me this many years later.”
Back to “The Grinding Wheel“, Andy Sneap who seems to be one of the busiest people in this industry, was part of the production personnel on this album. So I asked Bobby‘s opinion on working with him:
“One of the things about Andy – he’s got a state of the art feel to understanding this type of music. I think he works within a template of how he does things. What I like about him is that he thinks out of the bounds, for instance, what I mean is making each band sound like that band. He’s got to give them individuality within that template.”
You can listen to the whole of this interview on the audio player below: